10th -- I decided to document that my parents had turned on the TV for this occasion.
18th -- A few days later, there was some talk in my county about the Confederate statue coming down. (no rebel flag flies here; just a soldier statue has stood near the courthouse for over one hundred years.) This is an area I walk frequently. In fact I joke that I "walk my errands" because I often park at the library and return my books there, walk the few minutes to the post office to check my work place's mailbox, drop by the bank, and so forth. We often go to free concerts around the square here, and the children's museum where I take Zach is right beside the library. So when they talked about having a rally to support the Confederate statue staying (and since I was in town that weekend), I drove up there to check things out. Who would come? How would they act? Would I see a counter-protest? Nothing much happens here so I want to see! (I live about 3 miles from these pictures.) Man, was it ever h-o-t. Of course this is July in North Carolina so that's not surprising. Still. I felt I was crying sweat.
|The old Alamance County courthouse|
|The statue honoring the Confederate soldiers|
|Plenty of people brought these flags, but none flies here|
I saw a few African-American men, and I made a point of lingering near a couple of them to ask their thoughts. I enjoyed hearing what they had to say.
21st -- Totally unrelated to those first two, and honestly I'm not sure my liberal Mormon friends would like being on the same blog post as Confederate flags, but this all happened in July so ...
I was invited to their newly-turned-8-year-old daughter's baptism, and I drove to Durham for the event. I met Nancy through her blog, and I found her blog through Bridget's blog. I've never met Bridget despite reading her blog for many years (she lives far, far away), but Samer - my Syrian friend - found it for me years ago when he was looking for an article about Ramadan in Syria to show me what that holy month was like in his country. So, anyway, I have now met the entire* Heiss family, and they are really sweet!
|Me and the three oldest children|
|Andrew holding Zoë, Nancy holding Benjamin, Rachel & Miriam (posing)|
|Andrew's mom and dad (not pictured) were in town from Utah for the event|
Benjamin, their only son, chose me as a playmate and, at one point, I was twirling him around at the reception. I later apologized to Nancy because I can honestly say I don't ever recall twirling children at church functions in the past, and this here was a place full of mostly strangers. Nancy assured me it was fine...and, hey, it was pretty fun for me to play with the kids that evening. I loved meeting Reid and Karen, Andrew's parents, from Utah. I have seen their comments on Nancy's blog or on Facebook so it was neat seeing them in real life!
* who am I kidding? Just the entire Andrew and Nancy Heiss family, shall we say?
25 & 26th -- Andrew and I going to the mountains is certainly nothing new, but we had never been to Grayson Highlands State Park in Virginia before.
|After walking and climbing rocks, this water felt so good. And it was so clear!|
There are a few pictures from other places we went near Grayson Highlands that we have been before. But I'll still include the photos since we are talking about our trip to the mountains on this post.
|River in Damascus, Virginia, where I text and checked Facebook|
29th -- Lastly, I took Zach to southern Guilford County to see the calves and get some ice cream at Homeland Creamery. He wasn't impressed with the farm smell at first, but he liked that the calves came out to greet him, and he enjoyed his strawberry ice cream.
Did you do any new things this July? Or any old favorites? Do tell!